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Degrees

  • Ph.D., Wheaton College
  • M.Div., Northwest Baptist Seminary
  • M.A., Northwest Baptist Seminary
  • B.S., Western Washington University

Biography

Charlie Trimm loves to inspire students to recognize the beauty of the Old Testament and its relevance for the life of the church today. Having served for several years in pastoral ministry, he strives to encourage the spiritual growth of his students in all his classes. He received his Ph.D. from Wheaton College in 2012, writing his dissertation on God acting as a divine warrior in the exodus. His research interests include warfare in the ancient Near East, difficult topics relating to the ethics of God in the Old Testament, Exodus, and J.R.R. Tolkien. He is married to Mariah and has four children, Eily, Kellen, Brynne and Deklan. When he is not teaching or writing, he can often be found spending time with family or watching Arsenal, his favorite football (soccer) team.

Affiliations

  • Tolkien Society (2017-present)
  • Society of Biblical Literature (2007-present)
  • Institute for Biblical Research (2007-present)
  • Evangelical Theological Society (2003-present)

Publications (Selected)

Books

  • Destruction of the Canaanites: A Survey of Recent Approaches (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2022)
  • Exodus in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series (co-authored with Kenneth Way; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, under contract)
  • Understanding Old Testament Theology (co-authored with Brittany Kim; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2020)
  • Fighting for the King and the Gods: A Survey of Warfare in the Ancient Near East (Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017)
  • “YHWH Fights for Them!” The Divine Warrior in the Exodus Narrative (Gorgias: Piscataway, 2014)

Articles & Chapters

  • “Gandalf, Sauron, Melian, and the Balrogs as Angels? A Study of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Maiar in the Context of Biblical Angelology,” in Tolkien and Theology (ed. Douglas Estes; Minneapolis: Fortress, forthcoming).
  • “Warfare and Intelligence Gathering in Ancient Israel,” in The Ancient Israelite World (ed. Kyle Keimer; London: Routledge, forthcoming)
  • “Praying Against Enemies: Biblical Precedents, Ethical Reflections, and Suggested Guidelines,” in Righteous Indignation: Christian Philosophical and Theological Perspectives on Anger (ed. Gregory Bock and Court Lewis; Minneapolis: Fortress, forthcoming)
  • “Tolkien’s War Gods: Studying Tolkien’s View of War through the Characterization of Makar and Tulkas,” in Proceedings of Tolkien 2019 (forthcoming)
  • “Causes of Genocide,” Pages 31–49 in The Cultural History of Genocide Volume 1: The Ancient World (ed. Tristan Taylor; London: Bloomsbury, 2020)
  • “The Sword of YHWH: The Human Use of Divine Weapons in the Ancient Near East and the Hebrew Bible.” Pages 293–304 in For Us, but Not to Us: Essays on Creation, Covenant, and Context in Honor of John H. Walton. Edited by Adam E. Miglio, Caryn A. Reeder, Joshua T. Walton, and Kenneth C. Way. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2020.
  • “Praying for the Peace or Destruction of Babylon? The Intersection of Enemy Love and Imprecatory Psalms in the Old Testament” Criswell Theological Review 17 (2020): 13–33

Presentations

  • “Genesis 9:20–27: Exegesis” (2021 IBR National Meeting)
  • “Imperialism and the Israelite Kingship: The Narrator’s Critique of David’s Behavior as King in His International Wars” (2020 IBR National Meeting)
  • “Worship Them as Gods or Respect Them as Angels? The Status of the Valar and Maiar in the Work of J. R. R. Tolkien in Conversation with the Old Testament” (2020 ETS National Meeting)
  • “Battlefield Rape in the Ancient Near East and the Old Testament: Hiding and Exposing the Horror” (2020 ETS National Meeting)
  • “Tolkien’s War Gods: Studying Tolkien’s View of War through the Characterization of Makar and Tulkas” (2019 Tolkien Conference)
  • “The Story of Tamar, Amnon, and David as a Cautionary Tale for Those Ignoring the Sexual Sins of Church Leaders” (2019 ETS Annual Meeting)
  • “Should I Pray for the Peace or Destruction of Babylon? The Intersection of Enemy Love and Imprecatory Psalms in the Old Testament” (2018 IBR Annual Meeting)
  • “Christ in Judges and Ruth? A Survey of Recent Studies on Finding Jesus in the Old Testament” (2016 ETS Annual Meeting, with Uche Anizor)
  • Defining Genocide in the Ancient Near East: Insights from Genocide Studies” (2016 SBL Annual Meeting)
  • “The Ethics of Calling Down Curses on Your Enemies in the Context of Enemy Love: Suggested Guidelines for Contemporary Imprecatory Psalms” (2016 Center for Christian Thought Conference)
  • “Honor Your Parents: A Command for Adults Rather Than Children”(2015 ETS Annual Meeting)
  • “Genocide in the Ancient Near East: Did Israel Act Like Their Neighbors?” (2015 SBL Pacific Coast Regional)
  • “Samson and the Gate of Gaza” (2014 SBL Annual Meeting)
  • Teaching Geography through a Game” (2014 SBL Annual Meeting)
  • “Does YHWH Fight Like the Gods? YHWH and Other Ancient Near Eastern Divine Warriors” (2014 SBL Pacific Coast Regional)

Research Interests

  • Warfare and Violence in the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East
  • Old Testament Theology
  • Honoring Parents in Diverse Modern Cultures
  • The Works of J. R. R. Tolkien

Courses

  • Associate Professor, Talbot School of Theology (Fall 2018–present)
    • Geography of Israel
    • Old Testament History and Literature
    • Joshua, Judges, and Ruth
    • Kings
    • Divine Violence in the Old Testament
    • OT Ethics and Theology
  • Assistant Professor, Talbot School of Theology (2012–18)
    • Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation
    • Joshua, Judges, and Ruth
    • Kings
    • Divine Violence in the Old Testament
  • Adjunct Instructor at Moody Bible Institute (2010–12), Corban University School of Ministry (2010), and Northwest Baptist Seminary (2005–07)

Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Old Testament
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